March 2014

We close out Women's History Month honoring the many accomplishments of women everywhere, and kick off April anticipating more festivities related to our
Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium

The excitement grows to celebrate the passion and power of women through three distinct events highlighting women's leadership across generations. The Legends Award Reception on April 17th will set the stage honoring five trailblazing Legendary Honorees whose passion for education, the arts, social justice and philanthropy have each left an indelible mark on the Memphis community and beyond.

One week later, we will host the Annual Tribute Luncheon and Youth Leadership Forum on April 24th. The featured Keynote Speaker is Jasmine Guy.  She has an impressive body of work as an actor, dancer and director and is a six-time NAACP Image Award Winner.  Ms. Guy is the national spokesperson for I Am Not Yours!, a vehicle to assist organizations who are in the fight against child sex trafficking.
She is also a mother who champions causes that protect women and girls.


Vote for the Women's Foundation During the 150 Days of Giving

The Women's Foundation is one of more than 1,000 organizations eligible to win $5,000

Help us win! Here's how: 

  • Go to: www.150daysofgiving.com 
  • Type "Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis" in the search box
  • Click "Vote"
  • Repeat daily until we win!
    * You may vote from multiple devices, only vote once per device, per day.  

Every day the non-profit organization with the most votes wins.
Votes are cumulative for the 150 day period, so in order to win we need


The first winner is announced on March 25th. 

Let Jasmine know you're excited about her coming to Memphis!
Tweet her @TheJasmineGuy

Second Annual Modern Day Woman's Conference Empowers and Inspires


The Young Women Philanthropists (YWP) hosted the second annual Modern Day Woman's Conference commemorating International Women's Day on March 8th. Presented by Baptist Memorial Healthcare, the empowerment conference featured a day of educational workshops on business, entrepreneurship, personal development, philanthropy, finance and health and wellness led by a who's who list of women leaders in Memphis.


The conference was featured in Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine and will be in the upcoming issue of Memphis Magazine. Click here to see photos from the event.


Many thanks to all of our esteemed speakers and sponsors!
Leadership Recognition

WFGM Trustee and 2013 Legends Award Honoree Kathy Buckman Gibson was recently named President and COO of Buckman International. She was previously Chair of the Board. Read more...


WFGM Board Member and 2013 Legends Award Honoree Carolyn Chism Hardy, Owner/CEO of Chism Hardy Investments and WFGM Board member Susan Stephenson,

Co-chair and President of Independent Bank were named to the New Memphis Institute Executive Committee. New Memphis Institute is also a WFGM 2013-2014 grantee partner.

Board member and Legends Award Committee Co-Chair Rosemarie Fair, owner of One Source Commercial, Inc. was guest columnist in the The Daily News. Read more...

2013 Legends Award Honoree Barbara Prescott was named to the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University.    


Girls, Inc. Partners with BankTennessee and A Step Ahead Foundation to create $100K Scholarship Program for Young Women


WFGM Grantee partner Girls, Inc., in conjunction with BankTennessee and A Step Ahead Foundation Inc., is launching a new scholarship to encourage academic advancement and leadership development in young women in greater Memphis. Multiple scholarships of at least $2,000 will be awarded from a $100,000 fund. Awards will be based on the strength of an application and estimated financial need.  


The scholarship is available to any 17- to 30-year-old female Shelby County resident planning to attend an accredited institution of post-secondary education. BankTennessee will manage the program. Read more... 


Help Stop Human Trafficking in Tennessee 

The Tennessee Women's Fund Alliance (TWFA), which includes The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and our sister funds in Nashville and Chattanooga has been on the front lines advocating and educating elected officials and civic leaders for more statewide legislation to protect women and children from human trafficking. We have been informed that two bills have a chance to pass. We need to encourage the members of the finance committees in both the Senate and House to support these important pieces of legislation.    


We are asking you to join us and other organizations across the state to call or write your representatives and senators. Please take a moment to call today. Click here for a description of the bills and a list of local legislators to contact. Your actions can influence change. 

Click here for a list of laws passed and organizations that serve victims of human trafficking. 

Led by WFGM Board member and Education Chair Dr. Marcia Bowden, The Links, Inc., chapters across the state have joined our advocacy campaign and will promote our call to action. They have planned a day at the State Legislature on March 31 to visit their local representatives, support the legislative agenda and share TWFA anti-trafficking materials.


U.S. Senate Approves Bill to Ensure Quality Child Care  


By a vote of 96 to 2, the United States Senate reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time in nearly 20 years.

This is an important moment for children and families and a key step in building a strong early learning system.
High-quality child care is critical for the success of children and their parents. Child care provides countless early learning opportunities for children and enables parents to work so they can support their families.    


Here's what the new bill will do:

  • Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings
  • Make it easier for families to get and keep the child care assistance they need
  • Enable children to have more stable care
  • Strengthen the quality of child care

Read more about the CCDBG Act courtesy of the National Women's Law Center



White House Summit on Working Families to be Held in June 

The White House announced that the White House Summit on Working Families will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The White House Summit on Working Families will be jointly hosted by the White House, the Center for American Progress, and the U.S. Department of Labor and will focus on creating a 21st century workplace for all Americans. They will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America's global competitiveness in the coming decades.

We want you to get involved. You can sign up to receive updates to learn more about the summit at workingfamiliessummit.org. Leading up to the summit in Washington, there will be a number of ways for you to get engaged, including attending one of the regional forums that the U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting in major cities across the country.


You can learn more about how you can participate in these events at workingfamiliessummit.org.



Plough Foundation Seeking to Support Programs for Senior Citizens  


The Plough Foundation's Board of Trustees is prepared to award a significant number of grants expected to amount to unprecedented sums donated by the organization in the coming year. Awards will be made for high-quality proposals with the potential of having a major impact in our community in the areas of senior citizen maltreatment and abuse and aging in place. The letter of interest is due by Sunday, June 15, 2014.


Click here for the full request for proposals.  


Are We that Different? - Common Ground Leads the Discussion on Race

Diversity Dialogues workshops will be offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and the last Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. between February 17 and May 1, 2014. Occasional evening sessions from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. may be scheduled as needed. Workshops include a 1-hour tour of the exhibit, followed by a 2-hour discussion led by a pair of experienced Common Ground facilitators. Each session can accommodate up to 20 participants. Workshops cost $400 for businesses and $200 for non-profit organizations. 

To make a reservation for your business, church group, or organization, contact the Pink Palace Museum Reservation Department at 901-636-2362 today! Learn more...

In This Issue
Grantee Partner Spotlight
Advocacy In Action
Community News

WFGM Annual Report

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Annual Tribute Luncheon and
Symposium Events

Legends Award Reception

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Columns at One Commerce Square

40 S. Main St.,

Memphis, TN 38103

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Annual Tribute Luncheon
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Memphis Cook Convention Center
255 N. Main
Memphis, TN 38103
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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Youth Leadership Forum

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Memphis Cook Convention Center
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Free for girls in grades 9-12

University of Memphis Center for
Research on Women

Celebrates Women's History Month

Click here for calendar of events  


The Power Lunch Series
What is Your Financial Well-Being?
Presented by Memphis Challenge
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Emerge Memphis
516 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN  38013
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Who Am I? Women Who Have Seen the
Rough Side of the Mountain
Hosted by Blues City Cultural Center and
The University of Memphis
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rose Theater
University of Memphis

Town Hall Meeting for Young Professionals

Hosted by Mayor A C Wharton and Staff

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Memphis Bioworks Foundation
20 Dudley Street

Memphis, TN 38103


"Setting Captives Free"
Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Certification Training 
April 4-5, 2014
Clarion Hotel
2227 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

Register Today 


Back on Beale with Lt. George W. Lee
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Benjamin Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN  38111

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  


Comprehensive Anger Management Program for Children, Teens & their Parents

Tuesdays beginning April 29, 2014
Exchange Club Family Center
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
2180 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN  38103


Friday, May 16, 2014
7:30 p.m.
The Cannon Center
255 N. Main
Memphis, TN  38103




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 The Legends Award Art Exhibit is on display in the Hall of Mayors at Memphis City Hall. 

To host the exhibit, please e-mail
Kesha R. Whitaker
 or call 901.969.2405
for more information.





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If you suspect someone is a victim
or you witness activity you believe
to be related to sex trafficking,
call the Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
at 1-855-55-TNHTH.
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The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage

philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable

women and children to reach their full potential.